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Making Care Work: Training and Supervision in Home Care Agencies

Elana D. Buch

in Inequalities of Aging: Paradoxes of Independence in American Home Care

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781479810734
eISBN:
9781479810147
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479810734.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

In making care into work, agencies justify their existence in the market as managing the predictable tensions that regularly arise in home care. Home care agencies build upon women’s familial ... More


Care Falls Apart: Turnover and the Limits of Independence

Elana D. Buch

in Inequalities of Aging: Paradoxes of Independence in American Home Care

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781479810734
eISBN:
9781479810147
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479810734.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

Across the United States, home care faces perpetual worker shortages and endemically high turnover levels estimated at between 60% and 90% per year. This chapter examines cases of turnover in rich ... More


Independent Living: Housekeeping as Personkeeping

Elana D. Buch

in Inequalities of Aging: Paradoxes of Independence in American Home Care

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781479810734
eISBN:
9781479810147
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479810734.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter argues that taking care of homes is inseparable from caring for persons in home care. The chapter shows how homes are invested with history and memories, becoming a material sign of ... More


Embodying Inequality: Empathy and Hierarchy in Daily Care

Elana D. Buch

in Inequalities of Aging: Paradoxes of Independence in American Home Care

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781479810734
eISBN:
9781479810147
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479810734.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter analyzes the embodied care practices at the center of home care work. The chapter argues that these practices generate deep but fragile entanglements between the lives and bodies of ... More


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